Conveniently located just 40 miles north of Chicago, Gurnee offers seniors the best of the city and suburbs when it comes to retail, recreation and public transportation. The medium-sized village in Lake County, Illinois, provides easy access to O’Hare airport and Metra rail and is best known for Six Flags Great America amusement park and Gurnee Mills mall. Often referred to as the best in the Midwest, this indoor shopping center features 200 retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues that attract families and visitors of all ages.
Active seniors in Gurnee also enjoy a plethora of outdoor diversions, including playing golf at two beautifully maintained public courses, walking through the East Grand Farmers & Artisans Market and visiting the nearby shores of Chain O’Lakes State Park and Lake Michigan. With 13.5% of Gurnee’s residents age 62 and over, the village is home to more than 20 assisted living communities with an average cost of $4,338 per month. This guide highlights the top 10 assisted living facilities in Gurnee.
Bickford of Gurnee
301 S. Hunt Club Rd.
Gurnee, IL 60031
Newly opened in 2018, Bickford of Gurnee is a family-owned and operated facility that was originally created to meet the needs of the founders’ mother, Mary Bickford. With 60 pet-friendly assisted living and memory care apartments, Bickford of Gurnee is dedicated to helping older adults find their path to peace and happiness. We included Bickford of Gurnee because of their focus on caring for the core physical, intellectual, spiritual and social needs of the whole person. Unique in particular is Bickford’s Life Enrichment Program, which pairs residents with members of the Gurnee community who share their same passions and interests.Image of Autumn Leaves of Gurnee – exteriorNewly opened in 2018, Bickford of Gurnee is a family-owned and operated facility that was originally created to meet the needs of the founders’ mother, Mary Bickford. With 60 pet-friendly assisted living and memory care apartments, Bickford of Gurnee is dedicated to helping older adults find their path to peace and happiness. We included Bickford of Gurnee because of their focus on caring for the core physical, intellectual, spiritual and social needs of the whole person. Unique in particular is Bickford’s Life Enrichment Program, which pairs residents with members of the Gurnee community who share their same passions and interests.
Sunrise of Gurnee
500 N. Hunt Club Rd.
Gurnee, IL 60031
Sunrise of Gurnee is one of the first assisted living communities to ever receive the Gold National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (2018). A haven for seniors who love the outdoors, breathtaking community grounds feature shaded walking paths, a gazebo alongside a fountain pond and garden beds brimming with colorful blooms and vegetables, which are tended to by the residents. Inside, residents enjoy special amenities, such as private “bathtiques” with whirlpool tubs and a full-service salon. This facility provides assisted living, a Reminiscence Neighborhood for memory care and short-term stays. We featured Sunrise in Gurnee’s top 10 because it consistently ranks highest in customer satisfaction for comfort and security.
Autumn Leaves of Gurnee
505 N. Hunt Club Rd.
Gurnee, IL 60031
A leader in the field of Alzheimer’s and dementia care, Autumn Leaves’ research-based assisted living community has been recognized by Argentum, and numerous other award industries, as one of the “best of the best” in dementia care. The exceptional level of care here begins with the actual design of the facility. Visitors immediately notice special details, such as wider hallways, an abundance of natural light and a secured courtyard, which thoughtfully create a safer, brighter and more soothing environment for residents. Every member of the Autumn Leaves staff receive thorough, specialized training in the heart and science of Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Loved ones are consistently surrounded by compassionate people who are equipped to handle and relate to their specific memory care needs.
Theresa’s Home Care LLC
6455 Cunningham Ct.
Gurnee, IL 60030
Theresa’s Home Care is a unique assisted living option that prides itself on providing residents with a noninstitutional environment. A private home nestled among the woods off Hunt Club road, Theresa’s Home Care has been transformed to provide all the amenities and services of a typical assisted living facility but in a more personal, homelike setting. There are furnished, semiprivate bedrooms for seven residents, plus spacious open areas, including a sunroom lounge and beautiful outdoor patio with flowers, bird feeders and vegetable gardens. Reviewers say the house is bright, clean and welcoming, and residents love the home-cooked meals. Theresa’s Home Care has a registered nurse on staff and provides weekly in-home doctor visits as well as visits from therapists, dentists and beauticians.
Theresa’s Home Care LLC II
5044 Darlene Dr.
Gurnee, IL 60030
A second residential home option from Theresa’s Home Care, this special assisted living group home is located on a beautiful 1/2-acre lot in a neighborhood lined with centuries-old oak trees. A warm and cozy board-and-care community with just four units, Theresa’s Home Care LLC II is equipped to provide personal, compassionate care for residents with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, mobility issues and other chronic health conditions. With a low caregiver-to-resident ratio, the staff at Theresa’s believes creating strong bonds of mutual trust and respect is crucial to meeting the physical, emotional and intellectual needs of older adults. We included Theresa’s Home Care LLC and Theresa’s Home Care LLC II in Gurnee’s 10 best assisted living facilities because they provide family-like, smaller-setting assisted living care at affordable rates.
5631 Manchester Dr.
Gurnee, IL 60031
One of the newest facilities in Lake County, Gurnee Manor is a boutique assisted living facility unlike any other in the area. Offering just eight fully-furnished suites with full, private bathrooms, residents love how Gurnee Manor looks and feels more like a posh hotel than a care facility. Designed with all the luxury comforts of home, this family-run community addresses the desire for exceptional assisted living services in a smaller, more personalized setting. The 4:1 resident to caregiver ratio lets staff provide a high level of care and interaction, fulfilling each senior’s unique needs.
Heritage Woods of Gurnee
3775 Grand Ave.
Gurnee, IL 60031
Heritage Woods of Gurnee is a welcoming assisted living community open to older adults of all incomes. Operating through the Illinois Supportive Living Program, Heritage Woods boasts 105 studio and one-bedroom apartments with their own kitchenettes, bathrooms and emergency response systems. The focus here is on helping residents maintain as much independence as possible with the support of nursing staff and the companionship of neighbors. We included Heritage Woods in Gurnee’s top 10 because it provides financial assistance for older adults who would benefit from assisted living services but cannot afford the typical monthly fees. Prospective residents who are on Medicaid or receive Social Security benefits may still qualify for residency.
Brookdale Vernon Hills
145 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Brookdale, in neighboring Vernon Hills, offers an exclusive assisted living community that’s ideal for active seniors. With fully customizable care plans and numerous floor plans, residents can tailor living options to suit their specific needs and only pay for the services they use. Brookdale is known for their resort-style amenities, including an on-site fitness center, therapy pool, arts and crafts room and six-story rain forest atrium, which is filled with greenery and warm, natural light. Also unique to Brookdale is their Optimum Life approach, which encourages older adults to prioritize their total well-being with award-winning programs, such as The Ageless Spirit and Brain Fit.
Is Gurnee the Right Choice for You?
Gurnee’s proximity to Chicago makes it an ideal location for seniors who want everything a big city has to offer while living in a more village-like, suburban setting of just 30,567 people. Seniors who thrive on variety find the Lake County area to be a mecca of activity with the Chicago Botanic Garden, Ravinia Music Festival and the Warren Township Senior Center, which is made easily accessible by public transportation and the township’s discount taxi-ticket program. As a leading recreation, retail and hospitality center in northern Chicagoland, Gurnee is also a place family members look forward to visiting.